Shades of James Bond's "Moonraker":
The largest plane ever to be built is creeping closer to completion, as the private space launch firm behind the craft - bankrolled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen - invited reporters to get their first look at the 'Stratolaunch'.
With a gargantuan wingspan of 385 feet (117 m) and six engines, the plane is taking a new approach in the private space race, by launching satellites and spacecraft into orbit from high altitude.
The craft will be larger than Howard Hughes' 1947 H-4 Hercules, known as the 'Spruce Goose,' and the enormous Antonov An-225, a Soviet-era cargo plane originally built to transport the Buran space shuttle that is currently the world's largest aircraft.
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This is another indication that nation states are being forced out of existence by market states. The living dead (a.k.a. corporations) are taking over all the key functions which We The People used to control.